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The Thing Around Your Neck (2009)

by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

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Reading this on the heels of Say You're One of Them, I am struck by the similarities (short stories, Africa, religious differences,) and the differences. I found The Thing Around Your Neck a lot more readable. The settings In The Thing were limited to Nigeria and America, while Say's settings were in multiple African locations. Although Adichie's stories definitely concern children in many cases, Akpan's Say stories were all told through the eyes of a child. Perhaps because Adichie's stories are from the point of view of a variety of women, it is easier for me to identify, not to mention, although there is horror, her stories aren't as deeply horrific as the abusive and terrible things that happen to the children in Akpan's stories, and are thus, slightly more palatable. This is not to say that Adichie's stories do not confront serious issues, because they do, some of them the same themes as in Akpan's, in particular the Muslim/Christian rift in Nigeria, and the violence that accompanies it. In short, I find The Thing Around Your Neck much more accessible. ( )
  thukpa | Feb 6, 2016 |
Reading this on the heels of Say You're One of Them, I am struck by the similarities (short stories, Africa, religious differences,) and the differences. I found The Thing Around Your Neck a lot more readable. The settings In The Thing were limited to Nigeria and America, while Say's settings were in multiple African locations. Although Adichie's stories definitely concern children in many cases, Akpan's Say stories were all told through the eyes of a child. Perhaps because Adichie's stories are from the point of view of a variety of women, it is easier for me to identify, not to mention, although there is horror, her stories aren't as deeply horrific as the abusive and terrible things that happen to the children in Akpan's stories, and are thus, slightly more palatable. This is not to say that Adichie's stories do not confront serious issues, because they do, some of them the same themes as in Akpan's, in particular the Muslim/Christian rift in Nigeria, and the violence that accompanies it. In short, I find The Thing Around Your Neck much more accessible. ( )
  thukpa | Feb 6, 2016 |
Reading this on the heels of Say You're One of Them, I am struck by the similarities (short stories, Africa, religious differences,) and the differences. I found The Thing Around Your Neck a lot more readable. The settings In The Thing were limited to Nigeria and America, while Say's settings were in multiple African locations. Although Adichie's stories definitely concern children in many cases, Akpan's Say stories were all told through the eyes of a child. Perhaps because Adichie's stories are from the point of view of a variety of women, it is easier for me to identify, not to mention, although there is horror, her stories aren't as deeply horrific as the abusive and terrible things that happen to the children in Akpan's stories, and are thus, slightly more palatable. This is not to say that Adichie's stories do not confront serious issues, because they do, some of them the same themes as in Akpan's, in particular the Muslim/Christian rift in Nigeria, and the violence that accompanies it. In short, I find The Thing Around Your Neck much more accessible. ( )
  thukpa | Feb 5, 2016 |
This is a superb collection of short stories by the Nigerian author, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. Each story offers different perspectives: the African experience, life as a woman, the clash of cultures (African/Western, religions).
Adichie is a very good author.
This book is fantastic. ( )
  quiBee | Jan 21, 2016 |
Dua belas cerpen Adichie yang berlegar dari dua latar - Afrika dan Amerika - membawa saya lebih dekat kepada psyche imigran Afrika serta pencarian jati diri yang wujud secara subtle (kecuali dalam cerpen The Headstrong Historian yang jelas agenda pascakolonialnya) dalam tema-tema kekeluargaan, feminisme, keganasan, kesunyian dan politik yang mendasari cerpen-cerpen dalam koleksi ini.

Dengan bahasa yang mudah, penceritaan Adiche sangat memikat terutamanya keupayaan beliau menyampaikan persoalan yang ingn dibawanya dengan bersahaja. "Cell One" contohnya, memaparkan kebobrokan sistem sosial masyarakat Nilgeria dengan bersahaja tanpa menawarkan apa-apa mesej moral yang didaktik begitu juga cerpen "The American Embassy" yang seolah-olah mencebik kepada idea-idea hak asasi manusia barat dengan mengemukakan paradoks perjuangan suami watak utama dan layanan yang diterima beliau sewaktu permohonan suaka politik daripada kedutaan Amerika yang seolah-olah meletakkan masa depan watak kepada sekeping kertas yang wujud tanpa sebarang roh disebalik pengorbanan keluarga beliau terhadap idea demokrasi barat yang diperjuangkan suaminya.

Paling saya sukai ialah cerpen The Headstrong Historian yang menawarkan kebangkitan semula semangat afrika dalam diri generasi ketiga watak nenek yang pada mulanya percaya hanya dengan menghantar anaknya mempelajari barat akan membolehkan maruah keluarga beliau terbela. Cerpen ini yang disulam dengan elemen kepercayaan tradisi bagi saya sangat berjaya dalam membawakan semangat pascakolonialisme afrika.
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  aziz_zabidi | Dec 5, 2015 |
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In a few stories in this collection Ms. Adichie resorts to easy stereotypes of Westerners . . . For the most part, however, she avoids such easy formulations. In fact the most powerful stories in this volume depict immensely complicated, conflicted characters.
 
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Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie burst onto the literary scene with her remarkable debut novel, Purple Hibiscus, which critics hailed as “one of the best novels to come out of Africa in years” (Baltimore Sun), with “prose as lush as the Nigerian landscape that it powerfully evokes” (The Boston Globe); The Washington Post called her “the twenty-first-century daughter of Chinua Achebe.” Her award-winning Half of a Yellow Sun became an instant classic upon its publication three years later, once again putting her tremendous gifts—graceful storytelling, knowing compassion, and fierce insight into her characters’ hearts—on display. Now, in her most intimate and seamlessly crafted work to date, Adichie turns her penetrating eye on not only Nigeria but America, in twelve dazzling stories that explore the ties that bind men and women, parents and children, Africa and the United States.

In “A Private Experience,” a medical student hides from a violent riot with a poor Muslim woman whose dignity and faith force her to confront the realities and fears she’s been pushing away. In “Tomorrow is Too Far,” a woman unlocks the devastating secret that surrounds her brother’s death. The young mother at the center of “Imitation” finds her comfortable life in Philadelphia threatened when she learns that her husband has moved his mistress into their Lagos home. And the title story depicts the choking loneliness of a Nigerian girl who moves to an America that turns out to be nothing like the country she expected; though falling in love brings her desires nearly within reach, a death in her homeland forces her to reexamine them.

Searing and profound, suffused with beauty, sorrow, and longing, these stories map, with Adichie’s signature emotional wisdom, the collision of two cultures and the deeply human struggle to reconcile them. The Thing Around Your Neck is a resounding confirmation of the prodigious literary powers of one of our most essential writers.

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Collects twelve short stories by Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie in which she examines bonds between men and women, parents and children, and Africa and the United States.

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